You Are What You Eat

You Are What You Eat is a series of films for YouTube devised, presented, co-directed and co-edited by a group of year sixes at Earlsmead Primary School in Tottenham, produced and co-directed by Dunya Kalantery in Summer 2018.

With imagination, science and culture as tools, the purpose of the project was to put children’s voices first and to let them explore the questions:

What does it mean to be healthy?

How do our food, our culture and our health intersect?

Starting with a trip down West Green Road, the project takes a journey through the food culture of the schools’ local area, gut science of the microbiome, a how-to of lacto-fermentation and tracing the origins of our favourite foods on a local farm in Enfield (London Grown). Exploring how what we eat is a part of our culture, how we communicate our culture and nurture our community through food, how we cultivate food and our health for the benefit of our bodies and in turn our communities, and our environment.

Each stage of this journey was collaboratively reached with the children, from the format and structure of the episodes, to the core ideas, to the editing – with the group taking turns to devise content, act, direct, present, and finally work on the editing of the films.

The films have been made to share between schools, and is accompanied by a teachers’ pack of exercises and conversation starters. To receive the pack, please contact Dunya (dunya@dunyakalantery.co.uk)

Watch the films on YouTube here. Episodes will be released weekly on a Friday.

Produced and directed by Dunya Kalantery, filmed by Leo Dawson, edited by Ciarán Wood. Commissioned and supported by Create London

You Are What You Eat is part of We Can Create – Create’s youth programme kindly supported by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, with additional support from the Garfield Weston Foundation

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